The nature of addiction is to seek ways to connect with something outside the self for a feeling of transcendence and worthiness. Unfortunately this outer-directed search often leads to dependence on the object, person, or behavior. Only by embracing our own divine nature can we truly fill the emptiness inside.

Yoga for Recovery.

6 yoga classes focussed on recovery from addictions and for more serenity in life.


During this course we will learn a hatha yoga sequence specifically designed to heal addictions and co-dependencies.

The classes will cover:

  • Restorative yoga postures that bring deep relaxation
  • Diminish negative thoughts and beliefs and develop helpful thoughts and beliefs
  • Come to surrender to the greater force of life (ishvara prahidana): basically working against being a control freak! That’s exhausting ;)
  • You slow down, are in the moment, in your body, feet on the ground, right Now.
  • Will bring an emotionally stabilizing effect. You basically don’t freak out so easily, as addiction often comes forth from emotional instability.

What is yoga?

Yoga is a system of exercise, breathing, and meditation developed thousands of years ago in India. It is the world’s oldest system of personal growth, encompassing body, mind and spirit. The goal of yoga practice is the total harmony between body, mind and spirit in each individual and, even further, a union between the individual and divine. The ancient yogis understood the interrelationship between the body, mind, and spirit and the need for balance and health in all three areas as a foundation for personal spiritual awakening. Thus they developed a system for maintaining this balance, a system that addresses body, breath, mind, social and moral behaviour, and spiritual practices.

What is addiction?

Addiction is a disease of false-self. It’s much easier to overcome the false self with addictions and obsessions to external stimuli such as people, places and things. Often an addiction is a way to sooth deep rooted pain that a person is suffering from. It’s the quick fix to enlightenment, literally feeling lighter.

HItting rock-bottom is a basic realisation that I don’t have to deny who I am. The awareness that I have to stop this!

What is codependency?

We are born for love, but a co-dependant has missed it or misunderstood it as either ‘not loved’ or perceived as ‘not loved’ and looks for a substitute for an “I”, which creates a relationship, an “I” & “It” relationship. A codependant has an external locus of controle, so he/she seeks external validation instead of cultivating an internal experience and its take-aways. This is often expressed as a low sense of self-worth and compensated for in many ways, outside of the self. We all need connection and when a true connection fails or is untrustworthy from early years in life, it’s natural to fall back to a lower vibrational sense of connection. It becomes survival-mode which also damages the nervous system and the ability to heal. That’s how it spirals down.

The point is to replace the false connection, with connecting to your true-self (which we call self-realisation in yoga, but it’s not as mystical as it sounds, it’s very practical ;) ) and from that real sense of self, connecting with others and the world around you with love and joy!

My experience with recovery.

I was first introduced to the 12-step programme for recovery in 2011. I had adopted a care-taking role as off a very young age which I deemed “normal”, I would easily put myself in 3rd or 4th place. However, after severe hardships within my direct family and running into my second burn-out at the tender age of 31, I decided at my own accord to explore my own co-dependencies. From that point onwards my life completely turned upside down and have been teaching yoga and mindfulness professionally in a rehabilitation center until 2015.

Recovery from addiction, substance abuse, and other compulsive, addictive behaviors involves a complete lifestyle change. True recovery means much more than sobriety as it is often explained, but it is only the beginning. It means recovery of our own self-esteem and self-worth. It means reconnecting with the part of yourself that is able to give and receive love.

Meeting people in the 12-step programme and learning about its origins, gave me perspective and insight into how we can take healing many steps further than is offered by 12-step programs and actually anchor structural change profoundly, from a high quality perspective of everyday life and what life has to offer. This is done by way of breathwork, bodywork and cognitive behavioral therapy which weren’t at hand during the time the 12-steps were developed. Luckily we are more aware and better educated on the workings of addiction and the ways to getting it handled in 2017.

Hindsight is a wonderful gift. It reminds us that at any given moment a lot more is going on than we can know. Often things that happen to us are a preparation for the future and for a greater purpose. Little did I know at the time that it was also these hardships that led me to eventually healing myself through yoga, meditation, dance, breathwork, sensory work and NLP.

Practical information

Date/time : Wednesday evenings or Saturday afternoons

Location: Voorburgstraat 203, Rotterdam

Language: Dutch and English are possible, depending on the preferance of the group.

Price for the Yoga for Recovery 6 class Course: €75,=

A trial class can be taken for €15,= and will be deducted from the total amount when you decide to take the course.

Sign up: by sending an email to or via the button.



– What are the parking, shopping and dining options in the studio area?

There is a paid parking lot opposite the studio and street parking. Also there is an Albert Heijn and a small shopping mall. In the area there are some lovely bistros such as Bio Bodega and the Urban Bakery with their lovely cakes and cai is right next door!

– How do I get there by public transport?

The studio is at about a 15 minute walk from Central Station, a 20 minute walk from Station Rotterdam Noord and directly reachable with trams 4, 8 and 25.

– What shall I take along?

Comfortable cloths and an extra shawl/vest to keep a pleasant temperature during meditations. A pencil/pen and notebook for notes if you wish.

– Will we eat together?

Please eat light before a yogaclass. Some soup, fruit, yoghurt, tea for example.  

– Who is the teacher?

The session is hosted by Djehan Lauwers, comprehensively trained in psychology, yoga & mindfulness practices, NLP and transition change-management within organisations.  I am specialised in creating awareness, relaxation and enhancing clarity and empowerment, known for my intuitive style and for bridging the gap between ancient wisdom and modern-day life.

I now run weekly yoga classes and monthly courses at the studio in Rotterdam.